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Guido of Arezzo
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(c. 991/992 – after 1033) was, after Boethius of Late Antiquity, the most renowned music educator and theoretician of the Middle Ages. He was educated at the Benedictine Abbey of Pomposa (near Ravenna). Around 1025 he moved to Arezzo, where Bishop Theodaldus became his patron. In 1028 Guido was called to Rome by Pope John XI to demonstrate his version of the newly devised staff notation. His other important contributions were the devising of a hexachordal solfège system for learning plainchant (Gregorian chant) using syllables (ut, re, mi, fa, so, la) derived f…

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Flynn, William, “Guido of Arezzo”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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